There will be disruptions and changes to the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House as it moves from the Department of Human Services to the ATO.
“On 26 February, the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) will join our online services. This will streamline how you use the SBSCH on behalf of your clients. It will also include extra functionality, such as the ability to sort employee listings and payment by credit card,” says the ATO.
The ATO says the SBSCH will be unavailable from February 20 to 25 while the data is transferred to the ATO’s online services.
Update: The ATO says that the data migration has been completed and users of the SBSCH have been emailed.
“If you have clients that pay super guarantee monthly, we recommend they complete their transactions before this period,” warns the ATO.
“The current SBSCH system will be available for you to make super guarantee (SG) payments up until close of business Monday 19 February 2018. If you pay SG monthly, we suggest you complete your payments prior to this date. Payments made by BPAY or EFT must be completed prior to 3pm AEDT on 19 February 2018.”
After the move the SBSCH will be accessible through the Tax Agent Portal, and BAS Agent Portal, under the “Manage Employees” menu. Employers will be able to access the SBSCH through the Business Portal. More details on how to access the services through the ATO’s online services can be found using the SBSCH decision tool.
As part of the move employers will notice a change in the authentication process, with login using user ID and password replaced by another solution – such as AUSkey.
Super funds may also be impacted, as from 22 January 2018 funds have not been able to access the SBSCH and there will be no messages from the legacy system after 23 February 2018. The ATO recommends APRA-regulated funds access statements using SuperStream and SMSFs use an Electronic Services Address to reconcile their payments.